Each one of us has the ability to write our own story, and our heart and mind are the main characters in it. When we deepen our understanding of the requisites of these characters, we can cultivate joy even during difficult times.
When we manage to cultivate joy in tough times, it acts like a soothing balm on our wounds, they are stepping stones for moving to a higher level of awareness.
Have you noticed that there are certain people who have the power to uplift you, and you feel energised in their presence? Why is that? I have come across mentors who carry a child-like quality that keeps them calm and composed when the times are rough. If we have the power to create most suffering, we also have the power to create more joy.
There are certain qualities that are needed to allow us to experience more joy. These qualities are universal irrespective of the field they belong to, what is a common binding factor is the inner work they have done, the darkness they have overcome to be able to shine like a beacon of light.
Let’s get straight into these qualities of the mind and heart that act like pillars to experiencing true joy, from the Book of Joy by the Dalia Lama and Desmond Tutu.
There are four qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor, and acceptance and the remaining four are the qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity.